The Gift of Loving Who You Are


If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • As you are…

    Listen child, I’m embarrassed to say

    That I tried to conform

    Tried not to be gay-

    I took jobs out of fear

    From doubting my power-

    Watching the clock move

    From hour to hour-

    I held pain in my gut

    From hatred of self

    Feeling unworthy

    Of love or true wealth-

    Yet I lived to see different

    To embrace all of me

    And see the great gift

    In learning to be-

    It took me some years

    So I’m telling you now

    Your life is a gift

    And so make a vow…

    To love who you are

    The beauty within

    To find your true calling

    Then dare to begin-

    I know it is scary

    But you’re up to the task

    To let the world see you

    To take off your mask-

    Please know you’re supported

    We want you to thrive

    To inspire the world

    By coming alive-

    And when you need help

    Tune into your heart

    Call up a friend

    Create works of art-

    And know you’re supported

    From near and from far

    For you are Divine

    And loved as you are

    Jen Reich

    Jennifer (Jen) Reich PhD, MA, RN, NC-BC is a poet, storyteller and nurse. Jen is a board certified nurse coach and adjunct clinical assistant professor at The University of Arizona College of Nursing.  Jen received her PhD in Nursing from The University of Arizona in 2011. Jen’s passion is exploring healing through poetry & story. Her dissertation topic explores the role of story in the healing and wellbeing of professional registered nurses. She is published in several journals and book chapters and is the author of three books of poetry. She blogs daily at Jen believes that poetry and the creative arts are transformative tools for healing. She aspires to help others use their creative potential to create positive change at the local and global level.

    For more information, please visit Poetry Not Poverty.

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